I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (Jn 15: 1-5)

It’s that simple. Because I can’t share with others what I don’t have myself. Without a daily connection with Christ, I am left with merely human words, behaviours, challenges, and interactions, which make no logical sense. And by “logical” I mean the kind of meaning that comes from Him, the eternal “Logos” of the Father. In Him, my every challenge, my every situation and interaction is subjected to a Great Vinedresser, Who “prunes” my entire being toward growth and beauty, which only He can bestow.

So let me “abide in Him” today, and let me be “made clean” by the word which He has spoken to us. He doesn’t want me to be by myself, “as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself.” Let me let You be in me today, O Lord, and I in You. “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God,” I say throughout this day, “have mercy on me, a sinner.”

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